“Well done, well done. My good and faithful one. Welcome to the place where you belong…”

Betty Jean Houck, 93, of Mullens, WV went home to be with Jesus the morning of February 22, 2023.

As a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend – she embodied humility, kindness, strength and love. She will be missed dearly by all that knew her, to know her was to love her.

Betty was born December 10, 1929 to Grover & Minnie Clay Pendry of Keyrock, WV.

She spent her childhood in Wyoming County with her parents and 8 siblings.

Betty married her sweetheart Wade Porter Houck and they began building their family with the birth of their son W.R. Houck and their second son Denny Houck soon after. They spent many loving years together as a family before Port’s death in 1986.

Betty was a wonderful homemaker and always provided her family with a home full of peace and love where all were welcome. The little family she and Port built quickly grew with the addition of two wonderful daughters-in-law, Pam Houck who married Wink and Kathy Houck who married Denny. Betty then transitioned from Betty to “Granny” with the addition of 4 grandsons – Rick, Kevin, Chris and Jason and 2 granddaughters – Tracy and Stephanie. Betty was abundantly blessed with 15 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. All of these children carried on the tradition of measuring themselves against her small stature and looked forward to the day they out grew her, but make no mistake, what she lacked in height she made up in heart – which is something none of them would ever outgrow.

Betty placed great value in family and supported each and every one of her own with all she had. She was the rock of the family, the tie that bound them all together, the true definition of a matriarch. But Betty’s love and generosity stretched much father than just her family. She had a servant heart and her loving and thoughtful nature had a positive and lasting impact on many within the Mullens community and beyond.

Betty was also know for her steadfast faith in Jesus. She was an instrumental member of the Highland Avenue Baptist Church and was active in teaching youth ministries for as long as she was able. Her friends and family knew her as a devout prayer warrior and came to her for prayer regularly. It was assumed that she had a “direct VIP line” to Jesus that many wanted to be a part of.

Betty had many hobbies and was known for her beautiful abundant gardens, yummy canned goods (strawberry preserves were as valuable as gold within the Houck family) and her gorgeous handmade quilts. She was so good at so many things. Betty wore many hats during her 93 years here on Earth and the world is a better place for having her in it. No matter what she was doing, whether it was being a mother, friend, grandmother, Sunday school teacher, feeding the children at the local school, working at the NAPA station, etc. she did it with eagerness and joy. She will be missed by so many but we take comfort in knowing that she is with her Lord and Savior, exactly where she has always wanted to be.

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:1-3

The Houck Family would like to thank Cynthia Adkins, Phyllis Bolt, Amy Lester and Sandy Meador for the attentive and loving care they provided to Betty in her home and also express gratitude to The Carl Larson Cancer Center and Family Healthcare team for their ongoing compassion.

Services will be 12 Noon, Saturday, February 25, 2023 at the Highland Avenue Baptist Church, Mullens with Rev. Lewis Arnold and Joe Dixon officiating. Burial will follow in the Wiley Bower Cemetery, Twin Falls State Park.

Friends may call from 10:00 A.M. until time of service Saturday at the church.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family of Betty Houck is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.